Thursday, April 25, 2024

Wollondilly welcomes first popularly elected Mayor

The NSW Electoral Commission has today announced the outcome of Wollondilly’s Mayoral vote – naming former Councillor, Matt Gould, as the Shire’s first ever popularly elected Mayor.

Mr Gould (pictured) is a father of three and lifelong resident of Warragamba/Silverdale who has been a Wollondilly Councillor since 2016 and served as Deputy Mayor from December 2018 – September 2020.

He thanked the community for its support during what he called a “grass roots” election campaign, which saw him overwhelmingly backed by residents in his north ward.

“I am humbled by the level of support I have received from the community and don’t take it lightly. I am excited to be taking on the role of Mayor for the next term of Council and I am really looking forward to getting to work as soon as possible and being a Mayor for the entire Shire,” he said.

“It has been an honour to serve my community as Councillor and Deputy Mayor during the past term, which was significantly impacted by bushfires, floods and Covid-19 lockdowns and ultimately delayed the election by about 15 months. I am very proud of what we achieved during such a challenging time for Wollondilly.

“I am looking forward to working with the newly formed Council, including some new faces who I’m sure will bring some fresh ideas to the table and some returning Councillors who I know are strongly committed to the wellbeing of this community.

“I will be working hand in hand with Councillors and Council staff to make sure Wollondilly gets the infrastructure it needs as we manage the growth challenges ahead, whilst protecting the unique village character and semi-rural lifestyle that we all love about the Shire.”

The 36-year-old unmanned aerial vehicle pilot is a dedicated member of the Silverdale Rural Fire Brigade and has been involved in many local committees, groups and initiatives.

Council CEO, Ben Taylor today welcomed the newly elected Mayor.

“I look forward to working together with the Mayor and Councillors to build on our great foundations to create a high performing organisation for our rapidly growing Shire, delivering even more positive outcomes for the community,” he said.

The eight successful Council candidates are expected to be announced later this week, with the distribution of preferences scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday 22 December).

The new Mayor and Councillors will go through an induction process and will be formally sworn in at a live-streamed meeting on the 18th January, with the first Ordinary meeting of Council scheduled for 22 February 2022.

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